Monday, June 30, 2014

Spotlight & Interview - Hate To Love You by Elise Alden

Hate To Love You
by Elise Alden

Despite my slutty reputation, I was technically a virgin at eighteen. But it turns out all those sex-ed teachers aren’t just trying to scare you. The faint positive on the budget pregnancy test sent me spinning, moments before I was supposed to meet my snooty sister’s new fiancé. 

Shaking hands with upper-crusty James was like downing a triple shot of vodka. Dizzy with desire, confused by my body’s reaction, and shocked by the possessiveness flashing in his eyes, I deceived him that night and told the world at their wedding reception.

The truth?

I slept with my sister’s fiancé. Hot and sweaty, all night long in a room so dark he couldn’t tell I wasn’t her. 

The lie?

Said fiancé is the father of my child. The one I signed over my rights to just before he was born. 

That was seven years ago.  

It’s time to come clean.


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Let's learn a little about Elise Alden:
First of all I’d like to thank Sue for featuring my novel, Hate To Love You, and for interviewing me.  
Booklover Sue:  How did you get the idea for Hate To Love You?
I was drinking margaritas with a few friends, talking about our children and how we tell them off for fibbing. We got to discussing honesty and deceit and what kind of lies are unforgivable. I said I could never forgive someone for a lie that destroyed my life, no matter the circumstances. That’s when my abrasive, straight talking heroine, Paisley, popped into my head and told me to write her story and see if it changed my mind. Boy, did it ever!
Booklover Sue:  What is your favorite scene in your new release?
The ‘Vampire Sultan’s’ bridal suite, when James walks in and sees Paisley, and then comforts her. It’s funny and sexy, and yet it’s also heart-breaking and poignant.  I cried when I wrote it, feeling Paisley’s pain and hopelessness at James and Caroline’s wedding. It made me more determined than ever to find them a ‘happy ever after’.
 Booklover Sue:  When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Funny thing is, I never dreamed of being a writer. On 3rd January, 2012 I complained about not having anything to read and my husband dared me to write my own book. Not being one to turn down a challenge, I got to work and here I am, a few years and several novels later, still pinching myself in disbelief!
Booklover Sue:  What is your writing process?
I need music, and plenty of it. As each novel progresses and I get a feel for the tone and voice, I compile a soundtrack and stick to it until the book is finished. Every day, as soon as I sit down in front of my MAC, I click on my compilation and listen while I re-read what I wrote the day before. Once that’s done I’m in ‘the zone’. Because I have to split myself between editing my novels and writing my current projects, a specific CD immediately transports me into whichever world I need to be in—whether it’s the novel I’m working on with my editor, or the one I’m currently writing.
Booklover Sue:  If you could be anything BUT a writer, what would you be?
No hesitation, I would be a wedding planner. Stressful, possibly, but nothing short of writing would fill me with more joy than helping people celebrate the day they make that wonderful commitment.
Booklover Sue:  What are some of your all time favorite books?
I read in so many different genres that this question is a difficult one to answer. For sweeping 17th Century romance with gritty realism, Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor is my all time favourite. Another historical romance that gripped me from the first sentence is M.M. Kaye’s The Far Pavilions.  Fun and unforgettable, A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, still makes me laugh. Anything by Juliet Marillier will make me froth at the mouth, as will books by urban fantasy writers, Ilona Andrews and Richelle Mead.
Booklover Sue:  Do you have a genre that you can see yourself writing in the future?
I love writing romance, but I’ve got a children’s adventure series planned and a few YA novels inside my head—if I ever find the time to get them onto the page.
Booklover Sue:  What are you working on now and when can we expect it to be available?
I’m working on my first space opera romance, Black Hole Bounty, which will be released by Secret Cravings Publishing on August 19th  under the pen name, Sienna Bronwyn. My second contemporary romance with Carina Press Pitch ImPerfect, will be available on October 20th.
Booklover Sue:  What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I play the piano, and my ambition is to master William Bolcom’s ragtime classic, Graceful Ghost, before I die. I’m nowhere near getting it right, so I guess that’s a good thing.
Booklover Sue:  What would you consider a perfect date?
Setting doesn’t matter and neither does food or entertainment. The look on his face, the nervous twitch in my lips, the undeniable sense I want to get down and dirty. The electric connection that tells me this is a man I want to spend more time with.
Booklover Sue:  Top 3 things on your bucket list?
I’d love to conquer my fear of heights—and chickens! Next on my list would be a second honeymoon in Egypt. It seems pretty dangerous there at the moment but I’ve always hankered after seeing the pyramids and swimming in the Red Sea. Lastly, I would love to learn Mandarin. My great-grandfather was from Beijing and we used to speak it together when I was little, but I’ve since forgotten.
Booklover Sue:  What is one interesting fact about you that readers don’t know?
During university days in Rio de Janeiro I supplemented my income by dancing salsa on stage with a band called Esencia Latina. I received 10% of the door charge, but it was enough to pay for a few books and maybe a meal or two.
About the Author:
Who am I?
I proudly admit it. I am a woman who reads, writes and revels in romance. I’m no teenybopper but I’m young enough to wear stilettos and notice a pair of muscular thighs. Butterflies make me happy and I love ruined castles – the more remote the better. I carry my country’s flag in my backpack in case I get the urge to wave something other than my finger. People who don’t swear make me nervous and if they also don’t drink I have been known to hyperventilate. I am unabashedly irreverent and by extension I excel at profanity.
Recently, I was surrounded by mid-life crises so I decided to have one of my own: I gave up my office job to be a stay-at-home-mum, dreamer and writer of romance novels. Notice I did not say cook, which comes as a relief to my family. I am wife to a man who urged me to find my passion and has gone beyond the call of duty to allow me to pursue it. He won’t iron though, but them’s the breaks.
What do I write about?
Flawed people. I love creating them, giving them conflicts and seeing what they do. I write stories about imperfect people doing imperfect things, and those who are destined to love them. Some of my characters are suffering or have suffered. Others are clueless or abrasive, or sometimes lost. But none are whingers or see themselves as victims because then I’d have to kill them off.
Warning: In my novels you won’t find ‘fade to black’ or chaste kisses with the odd, longing look. I write sizzle-your-socks-off graphic nookie because I revel in reading it. Realistic, gritty and sometimes funny sex. Passionate, with the vocabulary to match!
As Elise Alden I write contemporary and historical romances. If you fancy taking a romantic whirl around space opera or fantasy check out my other self, Sienna Bronwyn.

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